iPhone repair: Using the Accessibility features, Chapter 1

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iPhone repair: Using the Accessibility features, Chapter 1

iPhone repair: Using the Accessibility features

Some observations from the professionals at MobileREMEDIES®

The iPhone, iPad and Mac computers come with sophisticated “Accessibility” tools that were created for people with various disabilities. For those who have hearing or vision impairments or suffer from dyslexia, Apple has created a series of built-in apps that can run in the background and help them check their messages, surf the web and navigate through the complexities of their devices in a very user-friendly way. MobileREMEDIES® iPhone repair professionals have prepared this series of articles so you can learn more about and take better advantage of your iPhone’s built-in Accessibility tools.


VoiceOver analyzes and describes the appearance of your screen verbally so that you can use your iPhone or iPad effectively even if you can’t clearly see the screen.

VoiceOver gives you information about selectable items on the screen. The cursor outlines the button or box that is directly under your finger, speaks its name or describes it to you through your speaker or earphones. You can set the volume and pitch of the voice and control the speaking speed. You can ask it to include or exclude punctuation marks, routinely speak notifications as well as a number of other nuances.

To turn it on, go to Settings>General>Accessibility>VoiceOver and drag the button to On. You will have to confirm your choice and it will read out loud (quite rapidly – you can slow it down later if you want!) that selecting it will change your interface with the device. If you activate the ‘Accessibility Shortcut’, you can turn VoiceOver off and on by triple-clicking your Home button.

When you first activate VoiceOver it will give you a practice session or tutorial where it will ask you to touch the screen or drag your finger over it to hear the items on the screen, including icons and text. To interact with items, such as buttons and links you will need to learn quite a formidable number of VoiceOver gestures beginning with tapping an item twice with one finger to activate the button or icon. Several settings are programmable and customizable. VoiceOver is available in many languages and all are adjustable for pitch and speed.

In summary, VoiceOver is a highly sophisticated helper for people who are visually impaired and prefer to interface with their iPhones, iPads and computers verbally (or even using braille displays!). Play with it and you will be awed by what it can do.


As we get older we don’t visually accommodate as well and sometimes have trouble reading our emails, documents or web content. Many apps already have a built-in zoom feature simply by double tapping the screen or by spreading two fingers on the screen.  We have already learned to do this intuitively with photos but the gestures are supported by many other apps and it is often worth a try. If that doesn’t work however there is also a general Zoom feature available under Accessibility that lets you magnify the screen.

You can zoom the entire screen or zoom part of the screen in a resizable window leaving the rest unmagnified. There is no problem using Zoom together with VoiceOver.

To activate Zoom Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then turn Zoom on or off.

To Zoom in or out, with Zoom turned on, double-tap the screen with three fingers.

If you would like to adjust the amount of magnification follow these steps:

  • Double-tap with three fingers
  • Don’t lift your fingers after the second tap, instead, drag your fingers on the screen either up or down. This will change the size of the image on the screen. Lift your fingers when the size you want is achieved. Change it again in the same way.
  • You can also use the triple-tap gesture with three fingers, then drag the Zoom Level slider in the Zoom control box that appears.
  • To limit the maximum magnification, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom, then drag the Maximum Zoom Level slider to the desired setting.

If you would like to learn more about how to use your iPhone or iPad, MobileREMEDIES® iPad repair experts offer a wide selection of free articles and tutorials in their blog to help you fix and master your devices.  Go to http://mobileremedies.com/blog/.

In the next chapter of this series we’ll continue to describe the accessibility tools like the Magnifier or Audio and hearing devices.

At MobileREMEDIES® iPhone repair service, with locations on Maui and Oahu and mail-in service from anywhere in the world, you get a free diagnostic evaluation and an estimate of the repair costs and time required. You also always get a 1-year warranty on parts and service. If we can’t fix your device, you pay nothing for the attempt! In addition to iPhone repair and laptop repair, we also provide cell phone repair, iPad repair, and all other tablet PC’s, as well as computer repair and game system repair (Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, etc.). If you have a broken screen MobileREMEDIES® is the best phone medic in Hawaii. In fact, if you are looking for Apple repair of any kind MobileREMEDIES® offers the best quality service at the lowest price in addition to the longest warranty. We are number one if you are looking for cell phone repair Maui or cell phone repair Oahu.

We also build custom computers for gamers and other high demand users, recover lost data, provide web services including software development for individuals and small businesses, buy broken devices for cash or in-store credit and sell refurbished devices with a 1-year warranty, similar to a manufacturer’s warranty on a new device. Go to www.mobileremedies.com or call 1-800-867-5048.


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